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EnVision Me: Filmmaking Camp

Ages:
15-17
Cost:
$250 registration fee, lunch & equipment provided
  • About This Program

    EnVision Me is a youth-based arts program through the Gantt, and the objective is to provide students of color with high level, inspiring arts instruction so that they can envision a brighter, creative future for themselves. Students will tell their stories through film by learning several documentary modes, with the use of high-tech filming equipment. This camp will be led by teaching artist Ben Premeaux.

    During this 5-day camp, students will:

    • Learn how to tell a simple story in a creative way, using their families, friends, and the city as film subjects.
    • Gain introductory experience handling filmmaking equipment.  
    • Get creative with the full production experience: developing storylines, interviewing, and editing 
    • Hear from experts in filmmaking about career paths and game-changing tips
    • Learn the 6 documentary modes:
      1. Poetic mode: A poetic documentary eschews linear continuity in favor of mood, tone, or the juxtaposition of imagery.
      2. Expository mode: Expository documentaries set up a specific point of view or argument about a subject and often feature “voice of God” style voice-over.
      3. Participatory mode: Participatory documentaries are defined by the interaction between the documentary filmmakers and their subject.
      4. Observational mode: A style of documentary embraced by the cinema verité movement, observational documentaries attempt to discover the ultimate truth of their subject by acting as a fly-on-the-wall—in other words, observing the subject’s real-life without interrupting.
      5. Reflexive mode: Reflexive documentaries focus on the relationship between the filmmaker and the audience. Since the subject matter is often the process of documentary filmmaking itself, a cinematographer will shoot behind-the-scenes style footage of the entire film production process, including editing, interviewing, and post-production.
      6. Performative mode: Performative documentaries focus on the filmmaker’s involvement with their subject, using his or her personal experience or relationship with the subject as a jumping-off point for exploring larger, subjective truths about politics, history, or groups of people.

    Other Important Information

    • No prior experience is required
    • Students are encouraged to bring their phones only for use cameras and during pick up
    • Lunch will be provided on all 5 days
    • Drop off for students starts at 8:30 am, and pick up is between 2:30 pm - 3 pm
    • A film screening of the students' creations will culminate the experience on the evening of Friday, July 29

    For questions or more information about this camp, email us at education@ganttcenter.org.

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